Disney’s Memorable Moments At The Oscars
Walt persisted, and he had a friend run “Seal Island” in a Pasadena theater for a week so that it would qualify for the Oscars. It won Best Live Short that year. Walt wouldn’t let this moment pass. He supposedly marched the Oscar down to his brother Roy’s office the next day and said, “Here, take this to RKO and bop them on the head with it.”
As a result of his continuing “True Life Adventure” series, Walt was nominated in 1953 for the full length documentary “The Living Desert”, the live short “Bear Country” and the short documentary “The Alaskan Eskimo” (which was actually part of an offshoot of the “True Life” series called “People and Places.”) He won all three.
Holding his record four statues in his hand, Walt told the press that it was wonderful to get the awards and that he should probably now retire from filmmaking.
As we all know, he did not. Walt Disney had one last great triumph left.
By 1964, Walt Disney had racked up an impressive amount of Oscar nominations and Awards. He had, by then, found his stride in live action films and his studio was the leader in animation and special effects. Still, he felt that he was never really respected by the industry, and viewed himself as an outsider to the major studio system that ran Tinseltown.
A Best Picture nomination eluded Walt for years, and he knew he had to do something special to join the club.